An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church

Day, Peter Morton

(Aug. 1, 1914-May 5, 1984). Editor and ecumenist. After graduating from Dartmouth College in 1935, he was employed in Milwaukee by The Living Church magazine. He soon became managing editor and then acting editor in the frequent absence of the editor, Clifford P. Morehouse. In 1941 Day married the former Lorraine Kirschnick, the copy editor of the magazine, and the couple had two children. In 1952 the magazine became independent of the Morehouse Corporation, and Day became editor. He called attention to many issues such as civil rights, Christian education, and ecumenical relations. He shared Morehouse's vision of an Anglican catholicism seeking unity with other Christians. He served as president of the Associated Church Press, and was involved in charities and church activities in Milwaukee. Day resigned from The Living Church in 1964 at the time of his appointment as the first national ecumenical officer of the Episcopal Church. He served as ecumenical officer until 1981. See Living Church, The.

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